Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Erotic Art: Words Vs Images

I'd prefer the use of words to create the erotic images in my head.

If beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, if one names things (and bodies are things) 'beautiful' because they please him or herself, then words & my imagination create all that is lovely, desireable, and pleasing to me.

There are no scenes or persons who lack in virtues I demand, nor actions & parts which displease. For even if the words describe what I do not wish to 'see' or what I would not enjoy, I may substitue quickly & envision what I wish - leaving what I want, creating jungles to cover what I do not.

Whatever my vision of bodily perfection, I may, and will, see these bodies in these stories in my mind. I need not worry if one is too thin, too tall, too shaven, too light, with eyes set too far apart & in a colour I do not like. I create my own preferences. I remove whatever blights there may be & replace them with more of what I desire...

That said, there is a purpose to erotic art images. Artistic or erotic nudes speak to us in shadow & light, in texture & dimension. They perserve for the duration (as determined by materials & care) brief moments in complicated scenes. Quick seconds in long lives.

Well-written erotic stories ought to do the same.

Study the eloquence of fine erotic photography & manipulate your reader to sigh, moan, or desire... absorb the power of a fine work of art dealing with the nude form... note the way the artist has used the medium to convey such emotion.

Erotica authors, apply your skills, work your craft, use your words to the extent that the visual artist does.

Make your story elicite a response as the art does.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Blogging As Erotica Revolution?

Thanks to one blogger, I was forced to remember the rukus with D.H. Lawrence: Lady Chatterley's Lover: 45 Years Later. Which makes me ponder the whole banning of adult materials, of which erotica is but one example.

Thanks to another blogger, I was then forced to consider "Is it possible that the opposition to pornography and censorship of books is rooted in the David syndrome?" That post puts the discussion/battle into yet another perspective.

While I cannot profess to know all the "why's" or motivations, I am certain that I do not want my erotica limited. I hope that by reading, I will some how be educated enough to find not just an understanding of the 'opposition,' but of a way to end the threat.

Given my inability to provide you, yet another blog reader, with any concrete information, I will instead leave you with some words by D.H. Lawrence:

"It is no good casting out devils. They belong to us, we must accept them and be at peace with them."

"The tragedy is when you've got sex in the head instead of down where it belongs."

"We don't exist unless we are deeply and sensually in touch with that which can be touched but not known."

"We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter."

"Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it."

...somewhat interesting are those lines, all on their own... just what did Lawrence think of erotica & human sexuality, anyway...?

(I'm still not sure what this whole blog will be about... I imagine it's going to take some time to find my way. I hope you'll stick around to see what it will become...)

Quotes

"Erotica does not glorify our sexual domination of women. It expresses our wish that women didn't have sexual domination over us."
Jack Kammer

Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love.
Butch Hancock

Hornover: what one wakes up with the morning after a night of getting too horny without release.
Sommeil Liberosensa

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Smut By Any Other Name

Words are powerful things. As a reader, as a lover of language (oral and written), I am moved by words.

And erotic words are no exception.

Erotica can move me to shake, squirm, whimper, gush, gasp, quake, transcend, writhe, moisten, weep, glow, scream, twist, cry, grunt, spew, bend, stretch, laugh, release, sigh, contort, conquer, moan, arch, weep, mount, beg, ride, giggle, submit, grind, flush, spurt, whine, covet, pout, caress, buck, squeal... Or masturbate to these ends.

However, in order to begin any writings on erotica, I must begin with the proper use of words. Words being "a sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes." are only serving their purpose well if the representation or meaning is agreed upon. To that end, I'd like to be clear on my definition of "erotica" and "the erotic."

While some feel that erotic works are limited to "literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire" I find these creations anything but limiting. Being female, I find the skillful arrangement of words anything but limiting.

As a human, I find arousal and it's sweet release the opposite of limiting; it is limitless.

Those who dismiss erotica as "of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire" must somehow feel orgasm constraining. To this, I can neither agree, nor relate. There is proof of pleasure; even science shows us endorphins. And I'd rather get my free high from my genitals than a run.

But I digress.

To truly agree on definitions of erotica, and specifically written erotic works, one invariably turns to the comparison, the semantic debate, or "Erotica Vs. Pornography."

My definition of erotica, in as much as you will need for this blog, is:

Exhilaration and euphoria achieved through the skillful application of words in well crafted sexual stories.

For additional reading on the discussion of erotica & porn, please read:

What Is Erotica?
Is there a difference between erotica and pornography?
Writing Erotica: Lesson 1: What is Erotica?
The Erotic vs. The Pornographic
Erotica vs Porn

For further reading on the power of erotica, please read:

Lesbian Erotica Without Apology: The Erotic As Power